Dustin Pedroia has some choice words with Laz Diaz at Home Plate. (NESN Screenshot)
Dustin Pedroia helped get the fireworks started early this Fourth of July weekend - as the struggling Red Sox saved their grand finale for their favorite inning - the 7th. Things were looking bleak entering the inning, but the Sox were threatening, and had inched within two runs when our De facto Captain stepped up to the plate. Home Plate umpire Laz Diaz called the third pitch of the at-bat a strike, when it was in the same location as the first pitch, which was called a ball. This is when the fire started to pour out of our pesky second baseman, and he showed why he's the true spark plug of this franchise.
Pedroia argued rather vehemently with the call, and then turned his anger into a hit. On the next pitch Dustin saw he slapped a single down past first base to tie the game - but he still couldn't let up on Diaz, and continued to scream at him as he ran down the line, and even as he stood on the bag. This will go down as a high moment in the Book of Pedroia, and is a prototypical example of the passion Dustin has for the game, and why Sox fans love him so much. He cares more than us, and unfortunately that's not always the case with baseball players. He's simply awesome, and it's acts like this that can really ignite the Sox, and get them out of the doldrums they were encapsulated in late June.
Video found via Bloody Sox.